Women Who Tech recently partnered with Lincoln Park Strategies to anonymously poll 950 tech employees, founders, and investors on their experiences working in tech, with 750 women and 200 men participating. I know about this, because I was one of the participants in the survey.
The findings were dismaying, but not wholly unexpected and are important for highlighting the issues that still need addressing in the technology field. From the data highlights provided by Women Who Tech in a recent email I received:
- “Of 731 total women surveyed, 300 have experienced harassment in tech. That’s 41% of all women surveyed, including tech employees, startup founders, and investors.
- Of the women founders who said they had experienced sexual harassment, 65% were propositioned for sex in exchange for funding, introductions, a job, etc. In comparison, 0% of men founders were propositioned for sex.
- 53% of women tech employees experienced harassment at work vs. just 16% of men.
- 41% of the women who identified as tech employees were harassed by their supervisors .
- 44% of people of color working in tech experienced racial harassment.
- 32% of people who identify as LGBTQ experienced homophobic harassment.
- Most victims of harassment don’t report it for fear of retaliation. Only 16% reported harassment every time it occurred.”